Architect Antoine Predock's New Urbanist Community of La Luz: 5 Tennis Court NW--A Pocket Listing

Architect Antoine Predock's New Urbanist Community of La Luz: 5 Tennis Court NW--A Pocket Listing
by Chris Lucas

The La Luz community is special. The architecture is unique & every turn in the neighborhood imparts a different interesting sceneRead More


The Next Fifty--The Historic La Luz Community Celebrates Half A Century!

The Next Fifty--The Historic La Luz Community Celebrates Half A Century!
by Chris Lucas

Nestled along the Rio Grande Bosque on the MetroABQ's westside sits a community that is a living study of New Urbanist theory. For 50 years, the La Luz community has been celebrating "environmentally friendly habits by creating walkable neighborhoods containing a wide range of housing" types. The 96 townhome community is now looking toward the next fifty years of life. Designed in 1968 by renowned architect Antoine Predock (see the Rio Grande Nature Center in the North Valley, the Aperture Center in Mesa del Sol & hundreds of other lifetime projects), the neighborhood, riverside near Montaño & Coors Blvd, threw a party commemorating the last fifty & celebrating the next fifty.  I was lucky to be at the event, in The Meadow gathering space, seen above & the two images far below. Just below is an image facing the other direction, toward a row of residences on Tennis Court NW... Read More


Gated, upscale Silver Hills townhome: 1607A Coal Ave SE 87106

Gated, upscale Silver Hills townhome: 1607A Coal Ave SE 87106
by Chris Lucas

1607A Coal Ave SE--a gated townhome in the historic Silver Hills Neighborhood. Here's the 3-D Walking Tour: take the tourRead More


Beautifully-Designed 8yo UNM-Area Gated Townhome: 1607A Coal Ave SE 87106

Beautifully-Designed 8yo UNM-Area Gated Townhome: 1607A Coal Ave SE 87106
by Chris Lucas

Fab NE Heights Home: 3180 La Ronda Place NE

Fab NE Heights Home: 3180 La Ronda Place NE
by Chris Lucas

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Vista del Norte Park

Vista del Norte Park
by Chris Lucas

On a map, Vista del Norte Park is one of the larger greenspaces in the NE Heights. For a city park--coming in at 16.6 acres--that's a place that will be utilized nicely...& it is: on a Saturday there are hundreds of kids & adults broken up into teams on different fields, having a soccer tournament. Earlier in the week, on a Wednesday, folks were taking advantage of the notorious April (& May) Winds to fly kites of all makes, sizes & shapes. Of course more than a few balloons land there during Balloon Fiesta & all other times of the year. The Vista del Norte community--with it's this-century-built single-family homes & comfortably adjoining townhomes--also enjoys it large park focal point...more reasons to love the MetroABQ. Read More


Welcome to Architect Antoine Predock’s La Luz Neighborhood

Welcome to Architect Antoine Predock’s La Luz Neighborhood
by Chris Lucas

 Begun in 1967, Antoine Predock envisioned, “On a semi-arid mesa above the west side of the Rio Grande bosque, a close-knit community of townhouses creates intimate private realms while conserving open areas for common recreation …The earth-bound houses face either private cul-de-sac streets or pedestrian courts. Glass walls aim east at mountain and city views.” –predock.com   Read More


Architect Antoine Predock -- Three Samples

Architect Antoine Predock -- Three Samples
by Chris Lucas

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